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Idaho State University to host presentation by author of new book “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp” set Feb. 19

Posted February 12, 2014

Author, photographer, and photojournalist Teresa Tamura will discuss her new book “Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp” in a lecture at Idaho State University Pond Student Union Wood River Room on Feb. 19.

Tamura is a third-generation Japanese American, who was born and raised in Idaho. Tamura’s lecture is part of the ISU Committee for the Study of Violence, Conflict, and War in Society’s ongoing efforts to expand the exploration of this important theme and to engage both the university and Pocatello communities in a meaningful dialogue on this topic.

Tamura will address the broad theme of conflict and war in society. Tamura’s book includes 180 of her own black-and-white photographs documenting the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Jerome County, Idaho. It chronicles the camp’s survivors, Japanese Americans and Japanese who had been uprooted from their homes and lives in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California. It also features many artifacts that were made in the camp.

Additionally, this event will give students, faculty and the general public a unique opportunity to learn more about a part of Idaho and American history, as one aspect of the broader impact of World War II on American lives, as well as to view photographs taken by Tamura to document the Minidoka camp and its survivors.

This event is free and open to the public supported by a Cultural Events Committee Grant from the College of Arts and Letters.

For additional information about this event, please contact Linda Leeuwrik at or 282-3974.